1. Introduction to Climate Change Science

Advanced concepts of the physical science of climate change: Climate change debate; Natural and anthropogenic drivers and direct observations of recent climate change; Paleoclimate; Different climate change models and scenarios in relation to future climate change

  1. Climate Change and Geospatial Modelling

The need for GIS data in climate change analysis and adaptation; Climate change vs. impact;  Availability of climate change geo-data; Digitization – updating vector data from secondary sources; Interpolation of projected rainfall and temperature scenarios; NDVI generation; Detecting, monitoring and modeling deforestation; Map making with ArcGIS; vulnerability Mapping; risk assessment; Mapping renewable energy resources

  1. Climate Change Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

Types of climate hazards; Risk mathematics; The role of science, knowledge, uncertainties and value in the assessment and management of climate risks; Interaction between science, policy and society in scientific and societal debates regarding complex climate problems; Management of uncertainties in integrated environmental assessment; International climate policies for fair burden sharing for greenhouse gas emission reductions; Technical, economical and social factors which are key to a fair burden sharing; Analysis of the management of uncertainties in risk assessment of anthropogenic climate change; Methodology development for Participatory Integrated Assessment (PIA); Spatial differentiation in life cycle impact assessment.

  1. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Climate change impacts and the human response to climate change; efforts to adapt to climate change; efforts to avoid or reduce the negative impacts of climate change; relevant managerial and economic tools that are applied to analyse and discuss the different aspects of climate change. Impacts of climate change and potential adaptation strategies in different sectors; Introduction to adaptive management and adaptive capacity; Climate change impacts and adaptation practices for ecosystems, land use, water resources, society and human health in relation to both options, constraints, costs and benefits; Different climate change mitigation strategies: Carbon sequestration, transition to carbon neutral energy sources, geo-engineering, and measures to increase energy efficiency.

  1. Socio-Political Dimensions of Climate Change

Climate change policy and social change; Status of international climate change negotiations; The regulatory instruments that may be applied to achieve climate change policy goals; Voluntary agreements and social change in order to reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

  1. Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

Principles of environmental sustainability; Polluter pays principle; Landuse change and environmental degradation; Monitoring of environmental change; satellite systems and data sets; Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Audit; Climate extremes and environmental sustainability; Carbon trade.

  1. Climate Change and Water Resources

Introduction to climate change and the scientific controversies related to this issue; The Hydrologic cycle and climate; Analysis of extremes in hydrology; Rainfall-runoff processes; Environmental flows; Floods and drought management; Flood and drought Risk Mitigation; The role of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in drought and flood Management; Integrated approach to development of flood and drought risk reduction strategies; Engineering technology for flood control; Settlement, development, public administration, community-based strategies and land use planning, with environmental considerations; An introduction to the physics of fresh water and river system, its relation to climate change and how water related risks such as floods and drought affect our socio – economic system; Options for water managers to deal with extreme flood events, Climate adaptation and drought management in developing countries, water management in coastal urban areas; Integrated water management approaches (IWRM), Risk management and uncertainty, an overview of modeling tools.

  1. Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit

Environment and development. Historical background of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Purpose, benefits and challenges of EIA. The EIA process and chain of events. EIA reporting. Strategic EIA. Social impact assessment. EIA tools and methodologies. Introduction to Environmental Auditing (EA). Purpose, benefits and challenges of EA. EA process and chain of events. EA reporting. EIA in Uganda. The importance of EIA and EA in environmental planning, conservation and management.